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Who needs an E. coli-filled lake, when you can have this? Photo: Jean-Christophe Pratt/Getty Images

Yeah, Minneapolis is the City of Lakes, but sometimes you just want to jump in a pool. There's an app for that.

How it works: Swimply, the Airbnb for private pools, lets owners list when their pool is available for interested swimmers to rent by the hour.

  • The Twin Cities have about a dozen options on the platform, with rates from $40-$100/hr.
  • Depending on the pool, renters can bring between 10 and 25 guests.

What they're saying: The Star Tribune's Erica Pearson rented "Montrose Moderne," a "secluded and elegant tropical oasis" in St. Paul. She said the experience felt like a mini stay-cation.

But, but, but: Unless you've got a big group of friends to split the cost, it's probably cheaper to get a $10 day pass at your local public pool — or jump in a lake.

‍Our thought bubble: Audrey grew up in Houston in a house with a private pool. They will always be superior to any lake, ocean or YMCA.

  • Nick and Torey's response: Have your pool. More space for us in the lakes and oceans.
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Federal Reserve scales back expectations for economic recovery as Delta variant weighs

Fed chair Jerome Powell during a congressional hearing last year. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Fed downgraded near-term expectations for the economy and the labor market, alongside hotter-than-expected inflation, in new estimates out on Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's the first time those closely-watched estimates reflect impact from the delta variant that's already rattled the labor market. Still, Fed chairman Jerome Powell said enough progress has been made to begin to pull back emergency-era measures that have supported the economy.

Bipartisan police reform negotiations end without deal

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) with Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in the Capitol in May 2021. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Bipartisan talks on reforming police tactics and accountability, prompted by George Floyd's murder in May 2020, have ended without a compromise, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a key negotiator, said Wednesday.

Why it matters: Lawmakers, led by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Booker, had been working toward a bipartisan deal for months but they fell apart due to disagreements on qualified immunity and other issues.

Biden speaks with Macron for first time since diplomatic crisis

President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron have a conversation ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, on June 14, 2021. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time since a diplomatic row erupted over a scrapped submarine order, per the White House.

Driving the news: Macron said that the French ambassador will return to Washington next week and will resume working with senior U.S. officials.